After a rancorous three-year legal battle with their label Unicorn, which prevented them from releasing any new material, Black Flag binged in the mid-'80s, releasing a flurry of records that had even the most devoted fans scrambling to keep up. They did, however, start this period somewhat inauspiciously with My War, a pretentious mess of a record with a totally worthless second side. Featuring three tracks of slower-than-Black Sabbath muck with Henry Rollins howling like a caged animal, it was self-indulgence masquerading as inspiration and about as much fun as wading through a tar pit. Side one, however, was quite good, with the title tracks especially intimidating.
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My War based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This record gets sh*t on so much, just like the reviewer from the AMG who called it 'muck' and '...self-indulgence masquerading as inspiration'. That guy obviously doesn't know what inspiration is, because side 2 was NOT about inspiration as much as it was about brutal rage and anger. They let loose with fury, not some inspired thought process. Punks especially hate the Henry Rollins era - which was 70% of their output - because they think he changed the band somehow. Greg Ginn WAS Black Flag, not Henry Rollins. Henry fit the music Greg made, like it or not. So what if they slowed the tempo up some, experimented with time signatures, or wrote less angry songs as they went on. Punks are idiots who don't appreciate any band/musician that doesn't write songs about how they hate the government. The best punk bands ever were American, not British. Those bands couldn't hold a candle to our 80-86 period. Crying about war, the poor, and the gov't is old, rehashed, and lame. Besides, they were sissies. Whine, whine, whine. If you don't like Black Flag after 'Damaged', then so be it. That just means you don't really like the band and I'm sure that they can live with that.